Saturdays at the Imaginarium

Written by Shauna Darling Robertson   |   Illustrated by Jude Wisdom

Published by Troika   |   October 2020
Paperback   |   £7.99   |   96pp   |   ISBN 978-1-912745-12-8

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‘Shauna’s poems are confident, persuasive and mischievous. They’ll grab your attention and lead you into worlds you never quite knew existed.’ – Rachel Rooney

‘An astounding collection from one of the best imaginators around. You’ll want to stay in the Imaginarium until bedtime. And maybe have a sleepover too.’ – Roger Stevens

‘An adventure into a world that feels like an echo of a memory of a painting or novel by Leonora Carrington. It’s a beautiful balancing act of the surreal and the graspable, the everyday and the out-of-sight in-the-mind. It’s a tricky thing to do, that balancing act, but Robertson’s poems never fall into obscurity, always there’s a light in the window to guide you to a home you never imagined before, peopled by Wisdom’s friendly big-eyed strangers. There’s a story told about an exhibition in which a woman worried by one of Whistler’s paintings said to the artist, “Sir, I don’t see trees like that,” to which he replied, “Ah, but don’t you wish you did?” That’s how this book makes me feel – wishing I did, and happy to have the chance.’ – A.F. Harrold

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Coming in 2021

I’m delighted to have received support from Arts Council England for my next book, due for publication with Troika in 2021. It’s a poetry collection that explores different aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing and it’s being written with teenagers and young adults in mind.


You’ll also find some of my poems in these anthologies.

Allie Esiri (ed). A Poem for Every Spring Day.  Macmillan, 2021

Liz Brownlee (ed). Shaping the World: 40 Historical Heroes in Verses. Macmillan, 2021

AF Harrold (ed), Midnight Feasts: Tasty Poems Chosen by A.F.Harrold. Bloomsbury, 2019

Roger Stevens (ed). Moonstruck! Poems About Our Moon. Otter-Barry Books, 2019

Roger Stevens (ed). I am a Jigsaw: Puzzling poems to baffle your brain. Bloomsbury, 2019

Rachel Piercey & Emma Dai’an Wright (eds). The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems About Kings and Queens. The Emma Press, 2018

Roger Stevens (ed). The Poetry Zone: A Celebration of 20 Years of Children’s Poetry. Troika, 2018

Allie Esiri (ed). A Poem for Every Day of the Year.  Macmillan, 2017

Michaela Morgan (ed). Wonderland: Alice in Poetry. Macmillan, 2016